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Maui Beach Guide

The 10 Best Beaches in Maui

Updated June 2024 ⋅ Written by Laura Schulthies ⋅ Edited by Daniel Mode

Best Maui Beaches
Best Maui Beaches

Welcome to Maui

Maui is a paradise for beach lovers. With over 30 miles of stunning coastline, Maui boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to relax or a bustling beach with plenty of activities, Maui has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 beaches in Maui that you should definitely check out.

Maui is a paradise for beach lovers. With over 30 miles of stunning coastline, Maui boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to relax or a bustling beach with plenty of activities, Maui has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 beaches in Maui that you should definitely check out.

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Best Maui Beaches

The Best Maui Beaches

Maui Beaches: Kaanapali Beach
Maui Beaches: Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali / Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach is world-famous for swimming and snorkeling. This three-mile stretch of ivory sands can be found on the western coast of Maui. Those looking for adventure will love the watersport options at Kaanapali Beach, including windsurfing, parasailing, and jet skiing. Luxury resorts surround the beach, and the calm, clear waters are perfect for viewing the vibrant marine life below the surface. Make sure to take an evening stroll on Kaanapali Beach and stay for a beautiful sunset.

Beach Amenities: Public Parking Fills Quickly, Paid Parking is Available, Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Beach Club. 

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Lahaina hotels

Maui Beaches: Kapalua Bay Beach
Maui Beaches: Kapalua Bay Beach

Kapalua Bay Beach

Kapalua

When you imagine a Hawaiian Beach, Kapalua Bay Beach is the exact tropical paradise that comes to mind. This hidden gem on the northwest coast of Maui features incredibly calm waters. Thanks to the crescent-shaped stretch of sand, this is the perfect beach for snorkeling, paddleboarding, and swimming. It’s surrounded by palm trees and lush greenery, making for a picturesque backdrop for your beach day. Also, keep an eye out for sea turtles who like to frequent Kapalua Bay Beach.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Small Public Parking, Street Parking Available, No Lifeguard On Duty.  

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Kapalua hotels

Maui Beaches: Wailea Beach
Maui Beaches: Wailea Beach

Wailea Beach

Wailea

Wailea Beach is rated as one of the best beaches in the world. This popular beach on the south coast of Maui offers soft white sand and dazzling turquoise waters. When the ocean is calm, Wailea Beach is great for swimming and snorkeling around the rocky outcrops. Those looking for a luxury resort vibe while relaxing in the sand will love the incredible resorts surrounding Wailea Beach. In addition, this beach is known for the stunning views of the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokini Crater.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Public Parking, ADA Accessible Parking, and Picnic Area.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Wailea hotels

Maui Beaches: Makena Beach
Maui Beaches: Makena Beach

Makena Beach

Wailea

Makena Beach, known as Big Beach, is one of the largest beaches on Maui. The beach is on the south coast, and the white sands remain undeveloped and peaceful. Makena Beach is nestled between black-lava outcroppings that protect this beautiful beach from the trade winds. You can swim, boogie board, or relax in the sun as the beach features soft golden sand and crystal clear waters. Makena Beach also has plenty of amenities, including restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Enjoy the stunning views of the islets of Molokini and Kahoʻolawe.

Beach Amenities: Public Toilets, Ample Public Parking, Picnic Tables, Lifeguard On Duty, Food Trucks.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Wailea hotels

Maui Beaches: Keawakapu Beach
Maui Beaches: Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach

Wailea

The stunning crescent shaped Keawakapu Beach is located on the southwest coast of Maui. The soft sands of this beach stretch over half a mile and offer plenty of space for relaxing and soaking in the tropical sunshine. The clear waters make Keawakapu Beach excellent for snorkeling, swimming, or paddleboarding with plenty of colorful tropical fish and sea turtles. It’s also known as a great place to learn to surf, thanks to the gentle waves. Keawakapu Beach is a developed beach that is surrounded by luxurious resorts, dining options, and fun beach bars.

Beach Amenities: Public Parking Is Across The Street On Kilohana Drive, Public Portable Toilets, and Public Showers.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Wailea hotels

Maui Beaches: Honolua Bay
Maui Beaches: Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

Kapalua

As part of the Marine Life Conservation District, Honolua Bay is a unique swath of sand on the west coast of Maui. This is a popular destination for Maui snorkeling, however, there is no fishing allowed. Thanks to the rocky cliffs on the beach, you will find a variety of marine life that call this beach home, including sea turtles and vibrant fish. The beach is a bit rocky and secluded, making it perfect for a peaceful beach day in nature. You can also take surf lessons at Honolua Bay, but keep in mind that conditions can be quite dangerous during the winter months.

Beach Amenities: Street Parking, Portable Restrooms, No Lifeguard On Duty, Food Trucks.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Kapalua hotels

Maui Beaches Guide
Maui Beaches Guide

Napili Bay

Kapalua

Napili Bay is a low-key resort beach on the northwest coast of Maui that is perfect for families. This beach is a favorite of locals and visitors, thanks to its lack of crowds. Soft white sand and calm glassy waters make it great for swimming and snorkeling. Sea turtles often frequent the bay, and the water is typically incredibly clear, making spotting these beautiful ocean creatures easy. Napaili Bay has an old-beach town feel and is surrounded by shopping and fantastic restaurants.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Public Parking, and Restaurants.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Kapalua hotels

Maui Beaches: Kanaha Beach Park
Maui Beaches: Kanaha Beach Park

Kanaha Beach Park

Kapalua

Known for having some of the best kiteboarding and windsurfing in the world, Kanaha Beach Park is located on the north coast of Maui. This is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies to get out on the water, thanks to the strong winds and choppy waters on the beach. Kanaha Beach was the birthplace of kite surfing, but it’s also great for swimming and diving. This beach is a popular spot for locals and families, and the location close to Kahului Airport makes it the perfect stop upon arrival or before departure.

Beach Amenities: Ample Public Parking, ADA Parking Spaces, Public Restrooms, Public Outdoor Showers, and Lifeguard On Duty from 8 am to 5 pm.

Stay Nearby! Check Prices on Kapalua hotels

Maui Black Sand Beaches

In addition to beautiful golden and white sand beaches, Maui is also home to several black sand beaches!

Best Maui Beaches: Black Sand Beaches Maui
Best Maui Beaches: Black Sand Beaches Maui

Honokalani Black Sand Beach

Hana

Maui’s famous black sand beach, Honokalani, is located in Waianapanapa State Park, just outside the town of Hana. This historically important site is deemed sacred by the Hawaiian people. Reservations are required for all visitors and can be made up to two weeks in advance. Keep in mind that same-day reservations will not be accepted. The beach was formed by a lava flow that cooled, hardened, and fractured into tiny crystals over thousands of years. Swimming can be dangerous and not particularly recommended here. The area is known for fierce rip currents that can sweep through the bay. Make sure to exercise caution as the ocean bottom drops off close to shore. The beach is perfect for exploring and relaxing, but remember that the black sand gets much hotter and you should always wear shoes.

Beach Amenities: Paid Parking $10 USD per non-resident vehicle, Public Restrooms, Picnic Areas, No Lifeguard Present, 12 Rentable Cabins in Waianapanapa State Park.

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Best Maui Beaches: Black Sand Beaches Maui
Best Maui Beaches: Black Sand Beaches Maui

Oneuli Black Sand Beach (Naupaka Beach)

Wailea

This beautiful black sand beach, which is part of Makena State Park, is found on the Wailea side of the Puu Olai cinder cone. Oneuli, also called Naupaka Beach, is covered in a thick blanket of black sand. At the water’s edge, the sand abruptly disappears and becomes hard lava. Keep in mind there is a lack of a sandy entry into the water so thick-soled water shoes are recommended. Oneuli Beach (Naupaka Beach) is excellent for snorkeling and diving. You can discover an underwater world full of vibrant coral and reefs just past the water’s entry. Colorful and abundant sea life often swims by. Keep an eye out as green sea turtles also frequent this area.

Beach Amenities: Public Parking In Gravel Lot, No Additional Amenities

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  1. Mele says:

    Thank you for sharing your guide to the best beaches in Maui! I haven’t had the privilege of experiencing the beauty of Maui’s beaches firsthand, but your detailed descriptions and stunning photographs certainly make me want to plan a visit.

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